Antique Bakery Vol. 1 by Fumi Yoshinaga

Antique Bakery was written and illustrated by Fumi Yoshinaga and it was translated into English by Sachiko Sato. This edition was published in 2005 by Digital Manga Publishing.

Antique Bakery, Vol. 1 by Fumi Yoshinaga

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Set in Tokyo, Antique Bakery is a temptingly lavish affair run by three men. Yusuke Ono is a prodigious chef and playboy who was once cruelly rejected by Tachibana, the boy he had a crush on in high school. Several years later and the two find themselves working together in the same bakery, along with the short-tempered former boxer, Kanda. Through the everyday running of this bakery, we learn more about each of the characters and salivate over beautifully illustrated cakes.

I enjoyed all aspects of this manga from the artwork to the humour to the characterisation. I loved how these characters had such different personalities and the way it made them all stand out, each with their own memorable quirk. I also adored how this manga developed the unsettling nature of Tachibana’s past as well as Ono’s deep-seated fears. The constant friction between Tachibana and Kanda was incongruous at times, but it also provided some comic relief.

Overall, I was not disappointed by Antique Bakery and I have every intention of continuing the series!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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